Speaker Biographies

Biographies

 

Michael J. Adee
serves as the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians. More Light Presbyterians is a national organization working to achieve LGBT equality in faith communities and society.  Michael received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.  LGBT and HIV-AIDS advocacy have been his passion since 1988. He presented workshops at the Outgames Conferences in Montreal and Copenhagen. As an out gay athlete he has competed in tennis in two World Outgames & five Gay Games. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as a benefit for LGBT equality. Michael lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.

     

Tim Armstrong
is a gay man who works as a Union Representative for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Hi is active in promoting LGBT rights in the labour movement and the NDP.

Quinn Bennett
is the Manager of Volunteer Resources and Support Services at AIDS Vancouver. Quinn has a background in non-profit work, specifically including HIV services, youth-based programming, and queer services. Quinn has a Masters degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, from Simon Fraser University.

Jennifer Birch-Jones
is a volunteer with CAAWS and the Program Lead for Addressing Homophobia in Sport. She has presented at the Ithaca Conference on Sexuality in Sport (2009), as well as in Copenhagen at the World Outgames Human Rights Conference (2009). Jennifer was a member of the 2010 Pride House Organizing Committee and was the lead in 2006 for Canada’s first ever Positive Space in Sport for Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. 

 Lynn Bue
is one of the few out lesbians who sit on the National Executive of any Union. She is the second vice-president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

 Sara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner enjoys a vibrant international performance and recording career as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). She established her early career as inner of a bouquet of prizes at the world’s great piano competitions, including the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and a Bronze Medal in the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras: New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Vancouver, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Birmingham (U.K.), BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland), Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain). The New York Times greeted CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml as a “revelation,” and devoted the front page of its Sunday Arts & Leisure section to her 1997 world première recording of the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations. Ms. Buechner’s versatility extends to many premières of new music, and collaborations with film and dance projects.

A former faculty member of New York University, she has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide. Now a Canadian resident, Sara Davis Buechner is Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia School in Vancouver. She is a principal classical music consultant to Dover Publications, and plays the Yamaha Piano exclusively.

Erin Buzuvis
teaches Law at Western New England College in Massachusetts. She has published several articles on sex and various intersecting discriminations in education and athletics, and is a co-founder and regular contributor to the Title IX blog www.title-ix.blogspot.com.

Glen Callender
Glen is a Vancouver-based writer, performer and founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project. Glen teaches a seminar on foreskin anatomy and sexual pleasure, and travels internationally with his acclaimed performance-art installation, “Foreskin Awareness Booth”, in which he educationally demonstrates his foreskin.

Helen J. Carroll

Helen J. Carroll joined National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)  in August 2001. She is an acclaimed  national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Helen had been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Director for 12 years, and now works for the positive inclusion of LGBT people in sports. She works with major national sports organizations including the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, the Women's Sports Foundation and the NCAA. She has appeared on ESPN and HBO and several Canadian sports show. Her most recent work, co-authored with Dr. Pat Griffin, is On the Team:  Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student athletes.  www.nclrights.org/ontheteam  

James Chamberlain
is a queer activist who has worked as an out elementary school teacher for twenty years. He currently coordinates the anti-homophobia and transphobia programs for all schools in British Columbia through his work with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

Line Chamberland
Line is a sociologist and Professor of Sexuality Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is also a long time activist. Her research interests focus on the various forms of social exclusion of sexual minorities in institutional contexts (education, workplace, health system).

 

Wendy Cumming-Potvin
is a Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Wendy’s research and teaching focus on social justice, literacies and school communities. As a member of an Australian Teaching and Learning Council research team, headed at the University of Western Australia, with collaborators across Australia and in New York, Wendy is examining issues related to social justice and engineering education. As a guest co-editor for the McGill Journal of Education, Wendy is collaboratively preparing a forthcoming special issue about mentoring in diverse communities.

Guylaine Demers

PhD, is a professor at Laval University. She takes particular interest in issues of women in sport, coach education and homophobia in sport. She is the chair of Égale-Action, the Quebec association for the advancement of women in sport and was appointed on the board of CAAWS. Guylaine also sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching.  In 2007 and 2010, she was named one of the most influential women in sport in Canada. Her latest challenge is with the Qatar women’s sport committee to help them develop a sport system for girls and women.

Jeremy Dias
Jer’s Vision is Canada’s premier diversity organization, working in schools and communities to address bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. A youth run organization, we look at diversity intersectionally and inclusively, working from a youth perspective to engage youth and non-youth in a dialogue that will improve our communities. An award winning organization, we have presented at countless conferences and event, priding ourselves on quality.  Jeremy Dias, our founder & executive director, successfully challenged his school board in a human rights case using the settlement to start Jer’s Vision. Among his many awards and accomplishments, including Citizen of the Year for the City of Ottawa and recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, he was also the youngest person to present at a Parliamentary committee on Same-Sex Marriage, during the debate. He also edited the second edition of ‘Taking it to the Hill: A guide on parliamentary committees’.  

Dominique Dubuc
Dominique has been an LGBT activist for more than a decade, working in the past on the board of directors of the Lesbian mothers association of Québec and EGALE Canada. Today her involvement is centered around the union movement being part of the National LGBT Committee of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux, and as such is involved in the fight against homophobia especially in the workplace and in the education sphere.

Joseph Erban
Currently, I am a tobacco control activist and writer working at the Jewish General Hospital, a McGill University teaching hospital in Montreal Quebec. 

Steve Foster

CEO of the Council of Quebec for Gays and Lesbian (CQGL) Involved in heterosexual and LGBT groups, Steve Foster assures that the realities of the LGBT people are recognized by the various social bodies. In 2008, he was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec for his outstanding contribution to the LGBT communities. He is an inspiration for the LGBT communities.

Ann Gillard
Dr. Gillard teaches youth development at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Her areas of research include youth development, program evaluation, recreation programming, gender and recreation, and camp administration.

Pat Griffin
Pat is Professor Emerita in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is director of Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Sports Project. She wrote a book, Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sports. She coached swimming at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Robin Hanson
medalist at the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, age group All-American in High Jump, Shot Put and Discus in American Masters Track and Field also holds a masters degree in Anthropology from California State University, East Bay, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University. 

Marie Houzeau
is Executive director at GRIS-Montréal since 2003. She’s also trainer for Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), (a government organization founded in 1998 to improve the coordination, development and use of expertise in public health)  for a program which is offered to health, social service and educational professionals to reduce homophobia and to develop culturally competent_ interventions within youth and adult service environments.

Christine Hsu
is a 3rd year Physical Education and Health student at the University of Toronto, and is currently the Vice-President of Equity for the Undergrad Association (PHEUA). Christine is a queer-identified student leader who acts for change on campus, particularly those in the LGBTQ communities.

Ross Johnstone
Ross is the Director of Education for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival where he coordinates the Out in Schools program. Ross is rewarded by the opportunity to fuse media with social justice and provide young people with the opportunity to explore their creative capacities. He has been working in Vancouver’s non-profit arts sector for the past 10 years.

Helen Kennedy
is Executive Director of Egale Canada, a national organization that advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Canada.

Neill Kernohan
is the Executive Co-Chair of the OPS Pride Network and also one of the Chief Positive Space Champions of the OPS. Neill is also the Manager of Employee Engagement for the Children, Youth and Social Services I&IT Cluster which services the Ontario Ministries of Community and Social Services and Children and Youth Services.

El Farouk Khaki
El Farouk Khaki is a Canadian refugee and immigration lawyer, and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, sexual orientation and progressive Islam. Khaki founded Salaam in 1991, a support group for gay Muslims. In 2003, he helped organized the first female-led, mixed-gender Muslim congregational prayers in Canada for the Salaam/Al-Fateha International Conference, whose mission and vision continues to manifest in this Human Rights Conference

Amai Kuda
Amai Kuda is a singer/songwriter, community activist and the mother of a young child. Amai Kuda means "mother to the will of the creator" in Shona. She co-founded and coordinates three organizations, Moyo Wa Africa, Seven Directions and R3, dedicated to the decolonization of African peoples and indigenous solidarity respectively.

Scott Lazes
filmmaker and Journalism major at Rutgers University.
Videos including OUT TO PLAY, OUTGames in Copenhagen in 2009 and work on the Atlantic Crossing film to be shown on the Smithsonian Institute film channel.

The Sport and Sexuality at Writer’s House:

http://wh.rutgers.edu/whtube/cross-department-collaboration/watch/95/spo...

OUT TO PLAY: OUTGames in Copenhagen 2009 (Scott Lazes):
http://wh.rutgers.edu/whtube/watch/106/out-to-play.html

Sean Smith’s Story: OUT TO SWIM:

http://wh.rutgers.edu/whtube/watch/91/sean-smith-out-to-swim.html

Steve LeBel
is a retired teacher, who worked in elementary and secondary schools in BC, starting in 1976. He was an early activist in the effort to make the BCTF supportive of queer rights.

Robert Leckey

Robert is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and acting director of the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law at McGill University, where he teaches constitutional and family law. He is chair of the Legal Issues Committee of Egale Canada.

Karin Lofstrom
is the Executive Director of CAAWS, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. Through CAAWS she works with National/Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations and Multi-Sport and Physical Active/Active Living Organizations in developing and implementing gender equity initiatives within their organizations.  CAAWS has been working specifically on an initiative addressing homophobia within the Canadian sport community.

Reece Malone
As the Education Program Coordinator of the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Reece delivers public education, and awareness on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual health. Reece is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Human Sexuality at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

Wayne Martino
is Professor of Equity and Social Justice Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. His books include: Gendered outcasts and sexual outlaws (Routledge, 2006), So what’s a boy: Addressing issues of masculinity and schooling (Open University Press, 2003) and Being normal is the only way to be: Adolescent perspectives on gender and school (University of New South Wales Press, 2005). He is currently working on two books: Gender, race and the politics of role modeling (Routledge) and Masculinities in Education (Springer).

Joan Merrifield
is a grade 5/6 teacher in British Columbia and has taught in both rural and urban settings. She is presently working at the provincial body, the BC Teachers Federation as the assistant director for social justice dealing with issues of oppression. Joan has developed numerous workshops on a wide range of social justice issues.

Sharryn Modder

is the Equity Officer at the Hospital Employees’ Union in Vancouver, BC. She has worked in the Human Rights Healthcare field for over 20 years and has worked with many populations including seniors, aboriginal and two-spirited youth, and people with mental illness. In her work as Equity officer, she oversees HEU’s five equality-seeking groups: People with disabilities, First Nations, Ethnic Diversity, Women, and Pink Triangle (LGBT). Her work in the HEU also takes her into the community where she works with like minded people fighting for social justice.
Sharryn was a founding member of the BC Human Rights Defenders and the Referendum Action Network. She has authored an article on the Fairness if Medicare for use in labour studies in the BC high school curriculum.

Donia Mounsef

Associate Professor of Drama

University of Alberta

Steve Mulligan
has been an out educator for ten years and is now the Anti-Homophobia and Diversity Mentor for the Vancouver School Board. In this position, he supports teachers, counsellors, librarians and administrators, purchases and distributes resources, and consults on individual student issues. He is also a gay dad.

Kerri Mesner

Kerri is a queer minister, educator, Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, and activist. Kerri is currently developing new areas of queer ministry using participatory theatre and arts-based inquiry through the PhD program at the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education at the University of British Columbia

Nancy Nicol

Visual Arts, York University, is the project lead for Envisioning global LGBT human rights. Nancy is an award winning documentary filmmaker, whose work includes From Criminality to Equality, a four-part documentary series on the history of lesbian and gay rights organizing in Canada. www.yorku.ca/nnicol/documentary

Molisa Nyakale
is a storyteller, researcher and community worker. Molisa is derived from Mawu-Lisa, a complex deity worshipped by the Fon of West Afrika and Nyakale is ‘from ancient times’. S/he is in the spaces between designing arts programs for queer/trans East Afrikan communities and producing a documentary.

Tracey Peter
Tracey is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. Her general research and publication interests include: mental health and well-being, issues of homophobia and transphobia /LGBTQ-inclusive education, trauma and violence, suicide prevention, social inequality and marginalization, youth, and research methods/statistics. 

Tasha Anastasia Riley
Dr. Tasha Riley is the Education Program Coordinator at AIDS Vancouver.  She also works as an instructor at The University of British Columbia where she teaches both “Social Issues in Education” and “History of Childhood and Youth in Education”. She enjoys collaborating with a diverse group of learners around issues pertaining to sex and sexuality.

Michael Roskey
Wilton, California, USA.

Sophie Rousseau
She is an early childhood educator since 1997, the secretary general of the Québec city daycare workers union (CSN) since 1999 and a LGBT activist at the CSN since 2001.

Douglas Sanders

is a lawyer and former UBC law professor, now living and active in Asia on LGBT issues and human rights.  I was one of the founders of ASK, the first gay and lesbian rights organization in Canada.  Later I was  co-founder of LEGIT, the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task-Force (also based in Vancouver).  I have been active with the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (pre-Stonewall), and more recently with the International Lesbian and Gay Association.

Mark Schuster
Senior Dean of Students and Professor, Rutgers University

Oversees six Deans of Students on Five Campuses, 38,000 students.

Over decade of teaching  830:421   Advanced Topics in Social Psychology: The Intersection of Sport and Sexuality (Psychology) and 050:312  Sport in American Culture (American Studies) and Culture Games: What Do Major Sporting Events Tell Us About Society and Culture (Byrne First Year Seminars.
Affiliate faculty for Psychology, American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Chad Smith
is a social worker and the Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre, Manitoba’s LGBTTQ* centre.  In his personal life, he enjoys running, travelling the world and camping throughout Manitoba with his partner, is owned by three distinctive and independent cats, and is glad to call himself a Science Fiction fan and a Star Trek Geek. 

Sue Sneyd
is the Chair Emeritus of the OPS Pride Network and also a Chief Positive Space Champion of the OPS.  Sue is the Manager of Youth Programs and Outreach for the OPS provided by the Ministry of Government Services

Matthew Strang
is an activist, athlete, artist and student.  He engages with many communities both on university campuses and off to promote challenge and change  for LGBTQ initiatives.  He is a graduate of the Faculty of Physical Education & Health’s undergraduate and Master’s programs and is currently doing his PhD in Sociology at York University.

Jude Tate
is the Gender & Sexual Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto. As an equity officer of the University Jude’s portfolio includes addressing harassment and discrimination, and to develop strategies and practices that support and sustain equitable and inclusive practices in learning and working environments.

Catherine Taylor
is an Associate Professor of Education and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She serves on Egale Canada's Education Committee and is P.I. in partnership with Egale Canada for the First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools.

Brad Tyler-West
Senior HR Consultant for Legacy Bowes Group, the premier boutique HR Company for Manitoba, Brad brings to life incredibly complex issues in amazingly simple terms. A leader & subject matter expert in the LGBTT community; master story teller who was once a professional actor, Brad is a dynamic, interactive presenter.

Pierre de Vos
is the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty. He has written widely on sexual orientation discrimination and the law, runs a Blog called Constitutionally Speaking and is widely quoted in the electronic and print media. Jaco Barnard-Naude is a Professor of private law at the University of Cape Town and co-author of a forthcoming book on Hannah Arend and the law. Both authors made presentations to the South African Parliament in the run-up to the adoptin of same-sex marriage legislation in South Africa.

Chieh Wang
is a Taiwanese PhD student from the Law Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests lies in the fields of legal and political theory, equality law, family law, gender theory and men’s studies. He is currently working on a PhD thesis of ‘reviewing mainstream jurisprudence on sexuality, gender and law from a gay men/queer perspective.’

Phyllis Waugh
Phyllis is a Community Outreach Worker with Rainbow Health Ontario and Co-Chair of the Rainbow Health Network. She works to promote access to health and social services for LGBT people. She develops educational resources, workshops and events, with a focus on understanding intersections of oppression.

Robert Wintemute

Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College London, has participated in LGB human rights cases before the European Courts of Human Rights and Justice, and the Supreme Courts of Argentina, Massachusetts and the United States.  He was Co-President of the Montréal 2006 World Outgames human rights conference.

 Kristen Worley

The Coalition of Athletes for Inclusion in Sport

Canadian High Performance Track Cyclist

City of Toronto